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The extraordinary life of Plum Rutherford Haet

A little bit of glamour is coming to Wodonga with first-time author Andrea Palmer giving an ‘Author Talk’ in Wodonga Library on Tuesday from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Palmer tells the extraordinary life story of Plum Rutherford Haet, who she met in San Francisco in 1982.

Born to Lady Rutherford and Sir Thomas Rutherford, Plum spent the first years of her life in 1940s India.

Tiger hunting in Nepal with Maharajas, entertaining troops on leave from Burma, and working as Ava Gardner’s factotum while filming On the Beach were only some of the fascinating activities that shaped this young woman’s life.

After a whirlwind romance, Plum married Martin “Muddy” Haet, a Jewish American doctor, in Las Vegas in the early 1960s and shortly after gave birth to two children.

Following a volunteer posting to American Samoa, Muddy’s life was cut short in tragic circumstances – changing the course for the rest of Plum’s life and setting her on the path as a trailblazer in the study of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

Never the shrinking violet, after completing her degree in Russian, Plum went on to gain a Masters degree in Sociology and became a controversial lecturer covering courses such as The Sociology of Sex.

Palmer, who was born in Phoenix, Arizona, now resides in the Kiewa Valley with her husband David.

Wodonga Library supports local, regional, national and international writers and events such as today’s Author Talk brings some of that talent to the Wodonga community.

Last updated: 14-11-2017

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